Ogden • The annual Easter rendezvous at Fort Buenaventura opened Saturday, and marks the beginning of a season of celebrating the historic fur trader gathering of frontier mountain men and Native Americans.
Events continue Sunday with food, exhibits, entertainment, a shotgun shoot and kids' and adult canoe races.
Ogden, like many communities of the West, owes its origins to the fur trappers who snared beavers and muskrats along Ogden streams.
In 1845 mountain man Miles Goodyear began building Fort Buenaventura on the westward bend of the Weber River, about 2 miles south of its confluence with the Ogden River and about a quarter mile west of the present end of Ogden's 28th Street. Two years later Mormon leader James Brown bought the fort for $1,950, and all outbuildings and all animals except for Goodyear's horses became church property. The settlement was called Brownsville and later, Ogden, after trapper Peter Skene Ogden.
Fort Buenaventura Easter Rendezvous
When • 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday
Where • 2450 A Avenue, Ogden
What • Competition, educational, entertainment, exhibits, food, shopping
Cost • $2.00 per person
For more information, call 801-399-8099 Fort Buenaventura events
Music Festival • May 31-June 2
Movies • Held on a Friday in June, July, August, September. Times to be announced.
Hurt in the Dirt • Challenging natural terrain races, July 26-27
Turkey shoot • Blackpowder shotgun and rifle contests weekend before Thanksgiving
For more information, visit www.co.weber.ut.us/parks/fortb/events/